Holland & Belgium – Amsterdam to Bruges Aboard Magnifique III

Holland & Belgium – Amsterdam to Bruges Aboard Magnifique III

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Join us on an enchanting cruise through the Netherlands and Belgium. From the intriguing Dutch capital to the tiny Belgian town of Bruges, follow meandering rivers and canals aboard a boutique riverboat. Discover storybook villages, idyllic countryside, and outstanding art and architecture. You may also wish to take advantage of daily, optional cycling opportunities to experience the Low Countries as the locals do—by bike. Begin in Amsterdam with a walking tour and a visit to the Rjiksmuseum before embarking the new Magnifique III, built in the traditional style of a Dutch canal boat. Taste Dutch cheeses at the world renowned Gouda Cheese Market. Admire the perfectly aligned windmills of Kinderdijk on an up-close visit, and call at Antwerp to see Rubens’ powerful Descent from the Cross. Explore Ghent’s iconic Gravensteen Castle, with its moat, turrets, and arrow slits (not to mention its torture instruments!). Conclude with a delightful day in Bruges, to discover a prized Michelangelo sculpture and enjoy some leisure time before disembarking. We hope you will join us to discover the best of the Netherlands and Belgium—by foot, by boat, and by bike.

Pricing from
$5,499
Trip Type
Group Travel Tour, International River Voyages
Departure Dates
May 8, 2020 - May 16, 2020

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ITINERARY

  • day 1

    Friday, May 8 DEPARTURE

    Depart on an overnight flight to Amsterdam.

  • day 2

    Saturday, May 9 AMSTERDAM, HOLLAND

    Arrive in Amsterdam for lunch followed by a visit to the
    Rijksmuseum, the State Treasury of Dutch paintings. Embark Magnifique Ill and enjoy a welcome dinner on board as we cruise to Vianen along the winding Vecht River. L,D

  • day 3

    Sunday, May 10 VIANEN / DORDRECHT, HOLLAND

    Morning drive to explore picturesque Kinderdijk, a village famous for its impressive row of 19 large windmills, all UNESCO listed and a delight to see up close. Continue to Dordrecht, one of the Netherlands’ oldest cities for an afternoon walking tour. Bikers can ride and explore Dordrecht, where the ship is docked overnight. B,L,D

  • day 4

    Monday, May 11 DORDRECHT / ANTWERP, BELGIUM

    This morning, transfer to Antwerp to view the restored Harbor
    House, designed by Zaha Hadid, and the newly restored Central Station. Following lunch, see the cathedral where Rubens’ famous Descent from the Cross is on display. Also visit Maagdenhuis Museum, a former 17th-century almshouse and orphanage featuring a collection of portraits by artists including Jacob Jordaens and Anthony van Dyck; learn about how Antwerp established public social welfare centers and charitable institutions in the early Middle Ages. B,L,D

  • day 5

    Tuesday, May 12 ANTWERP / DENDERMONDE, BELGIUM

    Return to Antwerp this morning to visit the 17th-century Rubens House and see some of the Flemish painter’s famous works. Continue to Dendermonde, known for its magnificent Flemish buildings. Visit the Church of our Lady, home to two Van Dyck paintings and a 12-century baptismal font of Tounai stone, and visit a charming medieval beguinage. Tonight enjoy a private onboard concert. B,L,D

  • day 6

    Wednesday, May 13 DENDERMONDE / GHENT, BELGIUM

    Morning sail or cycle to Ghent. After lunch on board, visit the
    City Hall, followed by a tour through Ghent’s medieval center,
    including the magnificent Cathedral of St. Bavo. B,L,D

  • day 7

    Thursday, May 14 GHENT / BRUGES, BELGIUM

    Visit the Museum of Fine Arts in Ghent for a special behind-the-scenes door tour and talk by restoration specialists, then view the medieval Gravensteen Castle. Rejoin the ship in Bruges, where she remains docked overnight. Bikers may opt to cycle around Bruges.
    Join an evening stroll to see the illuminated medieval architecture of Bruges. B,L,D

  • day 8

    Friday, May 15 BRUGES

    Today explore Bruges, a medieval gem laced with canals and gardens, with a privileged look at some of its hidden treasures. Admire the belfry overlooking the city’s Market Square, with an option to climb the tower for those who wish. Visit the cathedral with its celebrated Madonna & Child by Michelangelo, and view the collections at the Hans Memling Museum, housed in the Hospice of St. John. An optional afternoon visit to the Groeninge Museum is offered, or enjoy free time in this enchanting town. Gather this evening for a festive farewell dinner. B,L,D

  • day 9

    Saturday, May 16 BRUGES / RETURN

    Disembark after breakfast and transfer to the Brussels Airport for flights home. B

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